CLEARWATER, Fla. – Neither Joe Beimel nor Scott Olsen has been very effective so far in spring training, so the Pirates today picked up another lefty reliever. They claimed four-year veteran Garrett Olson off waivers from the Seattle Mariners.
Olson, 27, played in five games this spring and had a 5.40 ERA. In his career, he has made 99 outings (44 starts) and has a 6.20 ERA.
Olson was the Orioles’ 48th-round draft pick in 2005 and made his big league debut in 2007.
On Jan. 18, 2009, Olson was traded to the Cubs for outfielder Felix Pie and a minor league pitcher. Ten days later, he and Ronny Cedeno were dealt to the Mariners for Aaron Heilman.
Olson will not be arbitration eligible until after the 2012 season.
Joe Beimel and Scott Olsen are the two main lefty candidates for spots in the bullpen, but both missed about a month of camp with injuries. Beimel was out with a sore forearm and Olsen had a strained left hamstring.
Beimel and Olsen each has made two outings this spring, and both pitchers have been hit hard. Olsen has given up five hits and four runs in 2 1/3 innings (15.43 ERA). Beimel has yielded seven hits and four runs in two innings (18.00 ERA).
»»» Righty Brad Lincoln left today’s game against the Phils due to a contusion on his right forearm. Lincoln was struck by Jimmy Rollins’ line drive in the third inning. Lincoln fielded the ball and tagged Rollins out, but left the game after being checked on the field by trainer Brad Henderson.